Theresa May defeated on Brexit again as ERG Tories abstain

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PM defeated by 303 votes to 258, plunging hopes of uniting her party around renegotiated deal into chaos

Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of hardline Eurosceptics, plunging her hopes of uniting the Conservatives around a renegotiated Brexit deal into chaos.

The prime minister failed to win support for her EU strategy after the European Research Group (ERG), led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, abstained on a government motion because it appeared to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

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